What the heck is going on?

I’ve done 5 tribute shows in  just in the past few months. This is starting to get out of hand. Last week, we celebrated the music of Parliament in memory of Bernie Worrell. The week before that we paid tribute to P.M. Dawn in memory of Prince Be. We acknowledged the important of Muhammad Ali when it comes to hip-hop music and culture. And we dedicated the whole show to Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest a few months prior. I had hoped I was done with tribute shows for a little while. Unfortunately, I wasn’t. Last week, we lost an important part of Canadian hip-hop.

King Reign passed away at the age of 40 due to a heart attack.

Del Cowie explains his importance in an article he wrote entitled “Why Toronto MC King Reign Mattered” . . .

King Reign was more than a hip-hop artist. He was a poet and an MC’s MC. Reign, who passed away in Toronto on June 28, collaborated with and commanded the respect of acclaimed hip-hop artists such as Saukrates, Drake, Mos Def and Pharoahe Monch. While his name may not be widely known to those outside of Toronto’s hip-hop community, Reign was a Juno-nominated major label artist whose influence and artistry can be seen throughout Toronto’s hip-hop history, ranging from Maestro Fresh Wes to Drake. Throughout, his penchant for inventive conceptual narratives, sage wisdom and his distinctive gravelly baritone were consistent and unwavering qualities.”

I knew I had to pay tribute to the man on the radio show so I started off the show with an hour of King Reign’s music. I play joints from his hip-hop group Brassmunk off of the album Fewturistic, cuts from his various EPs and albums, and a few of the dope collaborations he did.

King Reign ft Saukrates and Kardinal Offishall – Money
King Reign – Jason Bourne
Brassmunk – How Bouts
King Reign – This Means War
K-os ft King Reign – Soaring to Heaven
King Reign – My Baby
Brassmunk – Total Recall
King Reign ft Pharoahe Monch – One More Time
Brassmunk – One 2 Many Problems
King Reign ft Saukrates and Drake – Fades Away
D-sisive ft King Reign – Ray Charles (Looking for a Star)
Kign Reign ft Shi Wisdom – Grey
Maestro Fresh Wes ft King Reign – Look For Me in the Whirlwind
King Reign – Happylaidback

Rest in Peace, King Reign. Your music will live on and you will be remembered!

Ono & Kemp – Troubles
Elevator Emcees – Desert Sons
Sa-Rocc – Black Magic
Rel McCoy aka Relic – Put the Blame On
Ugly Heroes – Today Right Now
Ngajuana ft Exit Only – Evil Earth
ScienZe – Bon Apetit
Ficus and Paris Jones ft Nitty Scott MC – Summer Rain
Atmosphere – This Lonely Rose
Pawz One – It’s Just Life
Semi Hendrix – Breakfast at Banskys
Dustin Moore – John Lennon
Cymarshall Law and Mr. Joeker – More Than a Man
Joey Bada$$ – Like Me
Dangerous Minds – Ride in the Rain
Seek the Northerner – Lost Worlds

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